Rare Books

Thursday 7 October 2021

Rare Books

12:00PM 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland


The auction has been rescheduled for Thursday 7 October at 12pm (noon).

This sale features over 450 lots covering a diverse and eclectic group of books, maps, photographs and documents.

Of major importance are a number of paintings by Charles Blomfield relating to the thermal area of New Zealand including the Pink and White Terraces; a rare pre-treaty land conveyance document with the moko signatures of Maori chiefs; maps and charts including Cook’s Chart of New Zealand engraved by J. Bayley 1772; Walter Lawry Buller’s ‘A history of the birds of New Zealand’ London 1873, first edition; a rare copy of the first edition of ‘The Wakatipians’ by Alfred, H. Duncan London 1888; a large selection of New Zealand literature books and original manuscripts from Hone Tuwhare, James K. Baxter and signed works by Janet Frame.

We are also privileged to be offering the library of book artist Elizabeth Steiner, founder of the Steiner Press (1992–2008), which includes an impressive selection of International artist’s books and Private Press. A highlight of the sale is a beautiful and fine copy of Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Aloe’ London 1930 from the library of John Middleton Murry and a rare copy of the first edition of ‘Bliss’. Several first editions by Eric Gill including ‘Canticum Canticorum Salomonis’, Weimar: Cranach Presse 1931, ‘Engravings 1928-33’, London 1934, along with Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince’ London 1888, and manuscript cookery books from the 18th century.

Other major components of the catalogue are collections of maritime, Antarctic, children’s books, as well as a collection of mountaineering posters and First day Covers signed by Edmund Hillary and other international mountaineers.

Further Information


Wednesday 6th October 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 7th October 09:00 - 11:00


    Pam Plumbly
    Rare Book Consultant